This text paints a vivid picture of the animal agriculture industry and provides the information necessary to pursue a career in the field. Included is an industry overview and detailed discussions of specific species, plus topics such as breeds, marketing, feeding and management of the species and common diseases and parasites. All of the information presented is based on the latest research available in 2003. Beyond discussion of the animals, the book takes a close look at career opportunities and job expectations in the field. Additionally, the text addresses very specific nutrition needs and feeding requirements of such animals as horses, ponies, goats, sheep, beef cattle, swine, rabbits, hens, ducks and more.
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SECTION 1 THE LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY Chapter 1 Domestication and Importance of Livestock Chapter 2 Career Opportunities in Animal Science Chapter 3 Safety in Livestock Production Chapter 4 Livestock and the Environment SECTION 2 ANATOMY, PHYSIOLOGY, FEEDING, AND NUTRITION Chapter 5 Anatomy, Physiology, and Absorption of Nutrients Chapter 6 Feed Nutrients Chapter 7 Feed Additives and Hormone Implants Chapter 8 Balancing Rations SECTION 3 ANIMAL BREEDING Chapter 9 Genetics of Animal Breeding Chapter 10 Animal Reproduction Chapter 11 Biotechnology in Livestock Production Chapter 12 Animal Breeding Systems SECTION 4 BEEF CATTLE Chapter 13 Breeds of Beef Cattle Chapter 14 Selection and Judging of Beef Chapter 15 Feeding and Management of the Cow-Calf Herd Chapter 16 Feeding and Management of Feeder Cattle Chapter 17 Diseases and Parasites of Beef Cattle Chapter 18 Beef Housing and Equipment Chapter 19 Marketing Beef SECTION 5 SWINE Chapter 20 Breeds of Swine Chapter 21 Selection and Judging of Swine Chapter 22 Feeding and Management of Swine Chapter 23 Diseases and Parasites of Swine Chapter 24 Swine Housing and Equipment Chapter 25 Marketing Swine SECTION 6 SHEEP AND GOATS Chapter 26 Selection of Sheep Chapter 27 Feeding, Management, and Housing of Sheep Chapter 28 Selection, Feeding, and Management of Goats Chapter 29 Diseases and Parasites of Sheep and Goats Chapter 30 Marketing Sheep, Wool, Goats, and Mohair SECTION 7 HORSES Chapter 31 Selection of Horses Chapter 32 Feeding, Management, Housing, and Tack Chapter 33 Diseases and Parasites of Horses Chapter 34 Training and Horsemanship SECTION 8 POULTRY Chapter 35 Selection of Poultry Chapter 36 Feeding, Management, Housing, and Equipment Chapter 37 Diseases and Parasites of Poultry Chapter 38 Marketing Poultry and Eggs SECTION 9 DAIRY Chapter 39 Breeds of Dairy Cattle Chapter 40 Selecting and Judging Dairy Cattle Chapter 41 Feeding Dairy Cattle Chapter 42 Management of the Dairy Herd Chapter 43 Milking Management Chapter 44 Dairy Herd Health Chapter 45 Dairy Housing and Equipment Chapter 46 Marketing Milk SECTION 10 RABBITS Chapter 47 Raising Rabbits SECTION 11 ALTERNATIVE ANIMALS Chapter 48 Alternative AnimalsAbout the Author:
James R. Gillespie, the original author of this text, had extensive training and experience in the field of livestock production and agricultural education. He received his BS and MS degrees in Agricultural Education from Iowa State University and his Education Specialist degree in School Administration from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. Mr. Gillespie taught agricultural education at the high school and adult education levels. In addition to other agriculture-related positions, he was self-employed in farming and employed by the Illinois State Board of Education, Department of Adult, Vocational, and Technical Education, Program Approval and Evaluation as Regional Vocational Administrator, Region II. Mr. Gillespie was a member of Phi Delta Kappa and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. James R. Gillespie passed away in 2006.
Dr. Frank B. Flanders is an Assistant Professor of Agriculture Education at the University of Georgia. He has served Agriculture Education for over thirty-five years. Dr. Flanders taught high school agriculture education for six years and was a Special Instructor in Agricultural Education at the University of Georgia for 15 years. Dr. Flanders has extensive experience in developing agriculture education teaching materials. He served as the Agriculture Education Curriculum Coordinator in Georgia, where he developed and maintained the Agricultural Education website, produced instructional DVDs and CDs for teachers, managed curriculum projects, and taught numerous workshops for teachers. He also served as the Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education Resource Network Curriculum Coordinator for three years. Dr. Flanders served on the writing team for the National Standards in Agriculture Education and served as lead writer for the National Standards on Animal Science. In 2003, Dr. Flanders was inducted into the Georgia Agriculture Education Hall of Fame and received the National Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award from the Professional Fraternity Association. He has also received the Outstanding Faculty Member in Agriculture Education Award and the Outstanding Service and Faculty Member Award from the University of Georgia Student Government Association.
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